Fremantle Council’s Australia Day Move Denies History and the Making of Modern Australia
Australia Day on 26th January every year celebrates the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Sydney Cove. The event is celebrated because it marks the beginning of the creation of the modern Australian Commonwealth whose freedoms and prosperity we all enjoy today. Australians are very proud of their country and this is a day for its citizens to show their patriotism and gratitude at being part of a great nation. Citizenship ceremonies are also held on this day for migrants who want to officially become Australian and adhere to our culture and values.
Of course for the left however they cannot stand this celebration of western and modern culture, of societal advancement and pride in the growth of humanity. Their justification for criticising Australia Day is the plight of indigenous Australians, they use the slur “Invasion Day” claiming the day was the beginning of the loss of indigenous culture and the beginning of white genocide and oppression of indigenous people.
Since the left control most of academia, the media and various communities, not an Australia Day goes by without significant attention being drawn to anti-Australia Day (Invasion Day) protests. A discussion normally arises about whether the day should be moved to be more inclusive, never mind that the fact the day is celebrated by Australians from all different cultures and ethnic backgrounds and indigenous leaders are invited to participate in Australia Day events as well, because they too are part of Australia.
Sure enough it wasn’t too long until one part of Australian government gave into this hectoring from the left and decided to take it upon themselves to move Australia Day. The City of Fremantle local council which is one of numerous local government bodies in Australia controlled by the far left has decided to move Australia Day two days later to January 28th and will call it One Day.
The council even had the nerve to claim it was not a politically correct decision but all about inclusion, in a statement it said ‘’the City of Fremantle wanted to celebrate being Australian in a way that included all Australians and we believe moving away from this date was more culturally inclusive and more in line with Fremantle’s values,”.
The decision of this council to move a day of historical significance in Australia’s founding to a day which has no historical meaning at all is quite astounding. We are the Australia today because the First Fleet arrived on this day in 1788, without that event we wouldn’t be the great country we are today. Moving this day is not only a denial of history but also shows a dislike for everything about Australia today.
Did indigenous Australians have injustices brought upon after European Settlement? Of course, but in the past 50 years we have done our best to correct these injustices and indigenous Australians are considered equal citizens with everyone else under the law. European settlement brought with it modern medicine, farming practices and technological advancement that benefits indigenous people that is unlikely would have been created otherwise. Let’s not forget that ancient Australia was not a peaceful utopia, indigenous tribes were constantly at war with each other. Something that does not occur today.
By believing that the founding day of modern Australia is actually a day of shame you are completely rejecting everything about Australia today. You do not want to exist and think it has no positive impact. If people of the left wanted to take this point of view logically and not just virtue signal they could either do three things, leave the country and go back to where their ancestors came from, they could give their land title back to the indigenous tribe in their area, or they could give up their right to vote in Australian elections and only allow government by indigenous Australians. But none of them will do that because deep down they know modern Australia has provided them with some of the highest standards of living and quality of life anywhere in the world.
Thankfully most Australians still take pride in our founding day and believe it was the beginning of the modern Australia that we all enjoy today. Historical figures and events were not always perfect, but overall we are the flourishing and constantly advancing human race because of the great contributions of people of the past, including those Europeans who first settled in Australia.